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10:20 AM ET, May 16, 2009

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Wolfram:
Live, from Champaign!  —  Wolfram|Alpha just went live for the very first time, running all clusters.  —  This first run at testing Wolfram|Alpha in the real world is off to an auspicious start, although not surprisingly, we're still working on some kinks, especially around logging.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
LIVE: The Wolfram Alpha Non-Launch  —  Here we are, watching the live (!) Wolfram Alpha launch.  The tension is high for the debut of this “computational knowledge engine”, a super smart search engine that could provide a new way to search the web in addition to our faithful Google (but unlikely to replace it).
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Wolfram Alpha Live Review: The Un-Google  —  The already much discussed Wolfram Alpha official launch is Monday May 18, though the company has said they plan a “soft launch” starting tonight, with access gradually becoming available to everyone throughout the weekend.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Serious About Background App Support For iPhone 3.0  —  Apple (AAPL) is serious about letting more iPhone software — beyond its native apps like phone, iPod, and Mail — run in the background, we've heard from sources in the mobile industry.  This could potentially happen as soon …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Indeed Talking About Opening iPhone Background Tasks  —  As great as the iPhone is, it has one glaring weakness: The inability to run third-party applications in the background.  That badly cripples certain types of apps, such as those that do instant messaging, music streaming and location-based services.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Rumors Regarding Background App Support in iPhone 3.0
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
How Twitter and Facebook Now Compete with Google  —  Last year I wrote a blog post entitled “If the news is important it will find me”.  The point was that we all live in so many social networks, that someone will send us an update if something in the world happens that we would be interested in.
Discussion: Techdirt and Beyond Search
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Lead Architect & Socialthing!  Founder Start Mobile Gaming Company  —  Socialthing! founder Matt Galligan and Digg's Lead Arichitect Joe Stump are each leaving their day jobs behind to focus on Crash Corp, an alternate reality mobile gaming venture.  —  The concepts behind alternate reality …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Chief Architect Joe Stump Teams With Social Thing's Matt Galligan To Found Crash Corp.  —  It must be something in the air.  Spring perhaps.  But when high level employees start to leave perfectly good startups before a liquidity event, there's usually something pretty important that they think they need to work on.
Discussion: joestump.net, Thanks:blogfisher
Andrew Warner / Mixergy.com:
PR Lies Destroy Your Understanding of How Business Really Works.  - With Owen Byrne  —  You know that much of what you learned about how businesses were built is bull, right?  It's a collection of anecdotes created by PR people whose job is to promote their clients-not to give us an honest business education.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Why Twitter's Engineers Hate the @replies feature  —  Biz Stone, Twitter's , recently wrote in a blog post entitled The Replies Kerfuffle that … As someone whose day job is working on a system for distributing a user's updates and activities to their social network in real-time across Web …
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Joe Wilcox:
Is Twitter @replies Change Ashton Kutcher's Fault?
Discussion: Contentinople
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple execs disclose options for boosting iPhone market share  —  Apple executives said this week they believe the iPhone remains in its infancy and went on to — somewhat uncharacteristically — reveal a series of strategic measures they may employ in the near term to help grow the handset's share of the booming smartphone market.
John Cook / Gawker:
Twitter's Real-Time Uselessness Proven by (Mistaken) Gay Marriage Hysteria  —  Because people are irredeemably stupid and nobody pays attention to anything, thousands of Twitter users rejoiced today at the news that the California Supreme Court just overturned the state's gay marriage ban.  One year ago.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Gaffes  —  Two of the Internet giant's open competitions have been mysteriously delayed for months.  —  What's up with all the brainiacs at Google?  —  The Internet giant's services went down Thursday, impacting millions around the globe.  At the same time, two of the company's high-profile competitions are languishing.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon's upcoming BlackBerry releases: Tour, Pearl Flip, Atlas Storm 2 info  —  So check it.  We just got a tip from a new ninja but this information looks really credible so we're running it... Here's the random bits of info we received:  — All Verizon BlackBerry handsets launched after the BlackBerry Tour will have Wi-Fi
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Launch Live Video Chat Product  —  Want to call your Facebook friends via video chat?  Soon enough you'll be able to.  Earlier today one of our readers sent us a link to one of Facebook's cached JavaScript files which reveals a number of clues as to a soon to be released video chat service.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
crackho.com DNS prank ruffles Sarah Palin's feathers  —  Is it really copyright infringement if all you're doing is redirecting one of your own domains to an official government one?  The Alaska attorney general doesn't seem to understand the complications of DNS, but he does know one thing: Sarah Palin ain't no crack ho.
Discussion: digg.com
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Backed Into A Corner, Child Star Twitter Speaks!  —  Twitter Inc. broke into the mainstream in 2009 with appearances on everything from the Larry King Show to Oprah — and its usage is exploding.  —  If it were a celebrity, Twitter would be pursued endlessly by the paparazzi and appear …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Pushing the App Store price envelope  —  For people who had been waiting since January to watch TV on their iPhones, price doesn't seem to have been an object.  —  Within a day of its release Wednesday, SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone had shot to the No. 10 spot on Apple's (AAPL) closely watched Top Paid Apps list.
David Eaves / eaves.ca:
Vancouver enters the age of the open city  —  A few hours ago, Vancouver's city government posted the agenda to a council meeting next week in which this motion will be read: … A number of us having been working hard getting this motion into place.  While several cities, like Portland …
Discussion: The Open Road, open and Open Source
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Social Status: The guy who spread Keyboard Cat fever  —  Play him off, Keyboard Cat.  Credit: Brad O'Farrell  —  On its own, the Keyboard Cat video might elicit a smile and a chuckle.  But when the adorable feline pounding its paws on a musical keyboard is preceded by an awkward …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google's Chrome was ‘hackable’ at Pwn2Own contest  —  Sole surviving browser patches same bug used to make money off Safari flaw  —  Computerworld - Although Google's Chrome was the only browser left standing after March's Pwn2Own hacking contest, it was vulnerable to the same bug …
Discussion: The Register
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
10 Questions About the Facebook Hack Attacks  —  On Thursday night, Facebook was attacked by hackers for the fourth time this month.  Who is behind the attacks isn't known, but the malefactors appear to be using several old tricks—phishing, malware downloads, and other conceits …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's New Trademark Policies Good For Sales, Bad For Legal
Discussion: CNET News and Technology & …
Sheamus / Twittercism:
47 People Who Work At Twitter (And What They Do)
Discussion: Twitterrati and AppScout
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Sony hires a professional fixer
Discussion: The eBook Test
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google improves Blog Search, but not by much
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Apple Buying Eye-Tracking Devices
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Jeff Bezos, meet Tony Hsieh.  Zappos Moving into Electronics.  And More.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Even in Mobile Video, the Action Is on the iPhone
BBC:
The hi-tech battle for Africa
Discussion: open and Slashdot
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AT&T Claims Twice as Many Smartphone Users as Any Other Carrier …
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Federated Media Will Search for New Leader Says Founder and CEO …
Casey Chan / Android Central:
T-Mobile's Android 1.5 Cupcake Update Release Schedule Revealed ?
Discussion: GPS Obsessed, jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile